Vanessa Potter

Director of Communications and External Relations
CER - Communications and External Relations
 Vanessa Potter


Ask me about
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate admissions
  • Corporate marketing and brand management
  • Student and staff communications
  • Arts and outreach activities
  • External communications and public relations
  • UG and PG recruitment (Home, EU and international students)
  • Web editing and digital media
  • Advancement (alumni engagement and fundraising)
  • Our global regional offices
  • Stakeholder engagement and thought leadership
  • Agent services


Vanessa provides the strategic direction, planning and leadership for the Communications and External Relations section, and activity covered by Communications and External Relations (CER) more widely for the whole University. Before joining Essex she worked in communications and marketing, policy and strategy roles in Lottery funding, local and central government and for the National Union of Students. She is married with a son.


  • MA Industrial Relations University of Warwick (1992)

  • BA Politics University of Warwick (1990)

+44 (0) 1206 873582


5S.7.3, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Full time (but with regular travel)